An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sincere)
a. serio
She is a very serious and disciplined person.Ella es una persona muy seria y disciplinada.
2. (severe)
a. grave
It was a bad crash, but his condition is not serious.Fue un choque espeluznante, pero su estado no es grave.
3. (solemn)
a. serio
He answered me with a serious voice.Me contestó con voz seria.
4. (genuinely interested)
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I'm serious about Erica. I'm thinking about proposing to her.Mi relación con Erica es seria. Estoy considerando proponerle casamiento.
We're serious about the well-being of our patients.Nos tomamos en serio el bienestar de nuestros pacientes.
5. (important)
a. importante
It was a serious event for the family.Se trataba de un acontecimiento importante para la familia.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
a. buenísimo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
This is some serious guacamole.Este guacamole está buenísimo.
b. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Those are some serious kicks. Where'd you get them?Esos tenis son geniales. ¿Dónde los conseguiste?
c. tremendo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Dang, that guy has some serious sideburns.Guau, ese tipo tiene unas patillas tremendas.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (person)
a. serio(a)
to be serious about doing somethingestar decidido(a) a hacer algo
are you serious?¿lo dices en serio?
it wasn't a serious suggestionno lo decía en serio
2. (grave; situation, problem, injury)
a. serio(a), grave
3. (colloquial)
a. (for emphasis)
serious moneycantidad de dinero
serious [ˈsɪərɪəs]
1 (in earnest, not frivolous) [+person] serio; formal; [+expression, discussion, newspaper, music] serio
a rather serious girl una chica bastante seria or formal; are you serious? ¿lo dices en serio?; you can't be serious! no lo dices en serio, ¿verdad?; gentlemen, let's be serious señores, un poco de formalidad
to be serious about sth/sb
she's serious about her studies se toma sus estudios en serio; are you serious about giving up the job? ¿hablas en serio de dejar el trabajo?
they are serious about finding a solution to the problem
he is serious about his threat sus amenazas van en serio; he's serious about leaving home está decidido a irse de casa; is she serious about him? ¿va ella en serio con él?
they haven't made a serious attempt to solve the problem no han intentado realmente resolver el problema
the serious business of running the country la importante tarea de gobernar el país
eating shellfish is a serious business in France comer marisco no es algo que se tome a la ligera en Francia
to give serious consideration to sth considerar algo seriamente
to [get] serious about sb to get serious about sth it's about time we got serious about our responsibilities
to take a serious interest in sth interesarse seriamente por algo
don't look so serious! ¡no te pongas tan serio!
it's a serious [matter] marriage is a serious matter I regard this as a serious matter
on a more serious note pasando a un tema más serio
all serious offers considered cualquier oferta (que sea) seria se tendrá en cuenta
to give serious thought to sth considerar algo seriamente
I think this is a serious [point] surely that's not a serious [suggestion] you're making? he said in a serious [voice] Few Palestinians feel confident that Israel is serious about peace are the rebels serious about peace? they are serious about obtaining a ceasefire she really is serious about going to live in Tibet She is serious about her job as an English teacher the government is serious about its reform programme I had always enjoyed looking at paintings, but it was at university that I first took a serious [interest] in art if his [offer] is really a serious one then I'm certainly interested
2 (grave) [+problem, consequences, situation] grave; serio; [+danger, illness, injury, mistake] grave
the patient's condition is serious el paciente está grave
to have serious doubts about sth tener serias dudas sobre algo
to get serious [+shortage, epidemic, drought] convertirse en un serio or grave problema
things are getting serious la situación se está poniendo seria
you're making a serious [mistake] the disease does not pose a serious [threat]
she is in serious trouble está en serios apuros
a serious danger/illness the economy is in serious trouble such a slip could have serious [consequences] The crisis in Yugoslavia raises serious [doubts] about the European Community's ability to act collectively I have serious doubts about his ability to handle the situation Orthodox neurologists have expressed serious [doubts] about the scientific rationale of this theory
she's earning serious money no está ganando ninguna tontería (informal)
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